PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, the largest palladium and refined nickel producer in the world, announces today preliminary consolidated production results for the first quarter 2018.
First Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer, Sergey Dyachenko commented on the 1Q18 production results: “As the main phase of our downstream reconfiguration program was completed last year and thus work-in-progress inventory levels got normalized, the Company increased production of all key metals in the first quarter of this year. In addition, the Company also actively processed copper concentrate purchased from Rostec. As a result, metal production from the Company’s own Russian feed increased in the first quarter by 8–22% year-on- year.
Furthermore, Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta was almost 100% loaded by the Company’s Russian feed. In April 2018, the first batch of copper concentrate, produced during the hot commissioning stage aiming at reaching the project’s target parameters at Bystrinsky GOK (Chita Copper Project), was shipped to Chinese customers. We have however reduced the 2018 production targets for the Chita project due to the ramp-up issues at the FLS and Outotec supplied equipment, which we plan to sort out in this quarter. This year, Kola MMC’s nickel refining capacity is scheduled for intensive modernization and transition to a new chlorine leaching technology. Overall, we confirm our 2018 targets for metal production from our own Russian feed.”
In 1Q18, consolidated nickel production amounted to 54 kt increasing 1% year-on-year (y-oy).Nickel output from the Company’s own Russian feed increased 8% y-o-y to 53 kt. The growth was mainly attributed to the increase in processing volumes of nickel matte shipped from Polar division to Kola MMC and Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta as result of downstream reconfiguration.
In 1Q18, consolidated copper production increased 18% y-o-y to 112 kt. Copper output from the Company’s own Russian feed increased 22% y-o-y to 112 kt mainly owing to an increase in processing of metals’ concentrate purchased from Rostec.
Platinum Group Metals
In 1Q18, palladium and platinum were produced solely from the Company’s own Russian feed,with their volumes increasing 6% y-o-y to 583 koz and 138 koz, respectively. The increase of PGM output was mostly due to the lower base effect of the 1Q17, when PGMs work-in-progress inventory was building up. At the same time, in the reported quarter, the output of palladium and platinum from the Company’s own Russian feed increased 12% and 17% y-o-y, espectively. In 1Q18, production of PGMs from third party feed was stopped due to the practical suspension of third party feed processing at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta.2 www.nornik.ru
In 1Q18, nickel output at Kola MMC increased by a minor 1% y-o-y to 38 kt, which was driven mostly by the processing of additional volumes of nickel matte shipped from Polar division.In 1Q18, copper output at the Company’s operations in Russia increased 18% y-o-y to 107 kt mainly owing to an increase in processing volumes of metals’ concentrate purchased from Rostec.
In 1Q18, palladium output in Russia increased 7% y-o-y to 571 koz, while platinum output was up 8% y-o-y to 136 koz. The increase of PGM production volumes owed mostly to the lower base effect of the 1Q17, when PGMs work-in-progress inventory was building up.
In 1Q18, almost all saleable metals produced by the Company in Russia were from its own feed.NORILSK NICKEL HARJAVALTA (FINLAND)
In 1Q18, nickel production at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta increased 2% y-o-y to 16 kt, almost all of which were produced from the Company’s own Russian feed (16 kt, +21% y-o-y). The small growth was attributed to the increase in processing of Russian feed as result of downstream reconfiguration.
In 1Q18, all of the copper produced at Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta was from the Company’s own Russian feed and increased 39% y-o-y to 5 kt. The growth was attributed to the increase in processing of Russian feed as result of downstream reconfiguration.
In 1Q18, output of saleable palladium (palladium in copper cake) reduced 18% y-o-y to 12 koz,while output of saleable platinum (platinum in copper cake) reduced 52% y-o-y to 2 koz. The decrease of PGM output at Harjavalta owed to the substitution of purchased feed from third parties by the Company’s own Russian feed with a lower PGM content.
PJSC MMC NORILSK NICKEL is a diversified mining and metallurgical company, the world's largest producer of refined nickel and palladium and a leading producer of platinum, cobalt, copper and rhodium.The company also produces gold, silver, iridium, selenium, ruthenium and tellurium.The production units of «NORILSK NICKEL» Group are located at the Norilsk Industrial District, on the Kola Peninsula and Chita region in Russia as well as in Finland and South Africa.
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